We were in New York City in October of 2000. Eleven months before the twin towers came down.
So we've already done a lot of the typical tourist things. Not really any ambition to stand in lines with the crowds, so we have no interest in visiting the Statue of Liberty or anything like that. We're probably most happy just wandering around and seeing what we come across. Having said that, we're open to suggestions of different, interesting, inexpensive things to do. So if you have any ideas, go ahead and leave a comment below! I know New York City isn't known for being "inexpensive", so that category might be tough!
Hey, here's something that looks fun! How about a few hours at a flying trapeze school!
Yes, the Trapeze School of New York looks like something right up our alley! Now there's something different to do in New York City!
We haven't confirmed any accommodation yet. I'm kind of surprised by that, although one thing we didn't plan on is that we arrive on Saturday the 2nd and that is the NYC marathon weekend! So the city is extra busy, and we've already heard back from a couple of couchsurfing contacts who said that they are already booked.
But the greater New York City area has a huge population, and believe it or not there are 34,000 couchsurfers listed on the Couchsurfing website! We've got a few more enquiries out, so I'm still confident that we'll get a positive response from somebody. Of course it would be more fun to stay as close to central Manhattan as possible, but given that we arrive in Newark and depart at JFK, we could stay anywhere in between the two and it wouldn't really matter.
Driving distance between Newark Airport (pink mark on the left) and JFK Airport (pink mark on the right) is about 30 miles (50 kms).
Interestingly, we've got another three days planned in New York City next March when we arrive back in North America from Africa. We know there's lots to see and do in "the city", so I'm sure we won't run out of ideas.
but again, we welcome any tips or suggestions so go ahead and leave comments below.